Sophisticated Wedding Party in Brighton

Sophisticated Wedding Party in Brighton


Christine and Tai actually got married in San Francisco where they live but they returned to Tai’s hometown of Brighton for a big old party to celebrate their marriage. I met them at that most iconic of Brighton hotels, The Grand before we had a couple of mini photo sessions – first on the beach and then up in Brunswick Square where Tai hung out as a kid. We joined all their guests at a local restaurant where the brilliant florist Kate Langdale had set up some gorgeous displays. Then it was time for my favourite US wedding tradition, cocktail hour and an outfit change for the bride.

Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know there’s ALWAYS TOMORROW…

Fabrica Brighton Wedding | Georgia + Jim

Fabrica Brighton Wedding | Georgia + Jim

Georgia and Jim chose the wonderful Fabrica in Brighton for their incredible wedding reception. This gorgeous pair might be very laid back but they don’t do things by half and utterly went for it with a Mexican meets Dinosaur, bright, colourful theme. I thought their florist Bettie Rose did a cracking job at translating that brief into flowers and the whole thing looked sensational. As did Georgia thanks to the brilliant Nicky at Pretty Pout.

As they were not really into super formal photos, we popped to the nearest pub straight after their Town Hall for a quick drink and I just shot them there, in their own little bubble, utterly oblivious to the surrounding Saturday afternoon pub carnage. This pair sure know how to throw a party, it was yummy tapas and paella for dinner followed by tequila shots for everyone to get the dance floor going. And OMG.. their band!!!

I was lost, now I’m found, I BELIEVE in you, I’ve got no bounds. I’m moving on up now, getting out of the darkness, my light shines on …

Brighton Music Hall + Hotel Pelirocco Alternative Wedding // Sarah + Josh

Brighton Music Hall + Hotel Pelirocco Alternative Wedding // Sarah + Josh

Sarah and Josh planned such a fun and laid back alternative wedding across three different venues… Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton Town Hall and Brighton Music Hall. We started coverage at the Hotel where Sarah was up in the Cloud Cuckoo suite while Josh was in the Gresham Blake room. As they were planning to go into their ceremony together, we headed down to the beach for their First Look photography. Despite being December, it was an incredible day. Really mild and sunny so we strolled along the seafront to the ceremony.

 

Dinner was Fish n Chips before we all wandered back to the Pelirocco for cocktails, karaoke and a disco. Sarah paired her vintage dress with a custom birdcage veil from the brilliant Crown and Glory plus a leather jacket covered in pins including the Rock n Roll Wife one from Veronica Dearly and Rock n Roll Bride. She wore very cute wedding shoes from Irregular Choice but I spied her padding about the hotel in Christmas socks before we left. It was relaxed, fun and we just loved being there.

Like a river flows, surely to the sea. Darling so it goes, SOME THINGS are meant to be …

Pretty in Pink Brighton Wedding // Athena + Constantinos

Pretty in Pink Brighton Wedding // Athena + Constantinos

Just how super pretty is this pink wedding dress? Athena and Constantinos met in Greece, live in New York and decided that Brighton was the place they wanted to get married in after they came here to dog sit. Yes, life for these two is a bit of a whirlwind. Some of their friends and family flew in from all over to join them on their latest adventure.

The ceremony was at Brighton Town Hall and as an alternative to any kind of wedding ‘venue’ they simply booked a very lovely house off Air BnB. Then they hired the most wonderful caterers and picked up a few cases of Prosecco. Athena even just ordered her bouquet from a shop around the corner from where they were staying. It was all very laid back and left us with plenty of time to head to the cliffs for some portraits.

When you’re lost and you’re alone and you can’t get back again, I will FIND YOU darling and I will bring you home …

How to Throw the Best Gay Wedding in Brighton

How to Throw the Best Gay Wedding in Brighton

Over the years, I’ve shot quite a few gay weddings but I can’t recall any quite as big or quite as gay as Andy and Doug’s wedding a few weeks ago. In fact I think they have nailed ‘how to throw the best gay wedding in Brighton’! First of all they took over the campest building in town, the Royal Pavilion. Their guests enjoyed pre-ceremony drinks in the pretty King William IV room before being led down to the ceremony in the very opulent, very OTT Music Room, designed as a party space for King George IV. Rossini has performed there and Oscar Wilde once lectured on ‘The Value of Art in Modern Life’ in this room. It is an incredible place to say your vows.

 

After photos on the lawns, we all met in Brighton’s Fabrica. An old church that is now an event space. Before stepping inside, Doug told me I was going to love it, a friend is a theatre designer and they had an End of the Pier theme. Well, he was right I did love it and it was one of the most fun wedding receptions I’ve been to. These guys know how to throw a hell of a party and the atmosphere was fantastic. So it felt extra tragic to wake up the next day to the terrible news from Orlando. When we come together to celebrate love with music and dancing, we are celebrating life. King George knew this and I’m very happy to live in the culturally diverse and tolerant town that he established.

When we’re up an’ dancing on the floor darling and I feel like I need some more and I feel your body CLOSE TO MINE and I know my love it’s about that time… 

Pub Du Vin Brighton Wedding // Lel + John

Pub Du Vin Brighton Wedding // Lel + John

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Despite a very last minute change of venues for their wedding reception to the Pub Du Vin in Brighton, Lel and John still managed to have a very chilled out wedding day. The sunshine was definitely an unexpected but welcome bonus and it was positively streaming through the balcony doors at the Metropole where Lel got ready. Who knew in January, we’d be playing with sun flare?! Lel really did look sensational so I was very glad that we’d made some time for portraits at the hotel before heading to church. Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more friendly or warm atmosphered church as St Andrew’s in Hove.

After church and some group photos, we headed to the beach to catch the last of the daylight. Lel and John really braved the elements, I should mention that Lel is also a wedding photographer so we really wanted to do an ace job for her. To be honest, they both looked incredible so it wasn’t hard. We all met up with all their guests again at the Hotel Du Vin for the drinks and dinner. The lovely Adam Bronkhorst (also a friend of Lel’s) was shooting with me and he found time for some terrific set ups in the hotel. I love seeing what other photographers come up with. We left as the band was in full swing and so was the party.

Let me PHOTOGRAPH you in this light, In case it is the last time that we might be exactly like we were…

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